Article by Penny Black.
When asked what drew her to Capitol Land Trust Deanna said that after attending an event approximately five years ago, she knew that this was an organization she wanted to be a part of. She saw the properties that had been protected and truly felt a sense of solace in her heart. Deanna believes that these vital places would have been lost to development without the conservation efforts of Capitol Land Trust’s (CLT) staff, members and partners.
Deanna lived in New York as a young child but spent her summers on her grandparent’s shellfish farm in Grapeview. It was this exposure that fostered her love of nature and natural habitats. She attended The Evergreen State College studying wildlife biology and ultimately earned a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Oregon’s Institute of Neuroscience. Deanna has held several positions related to environmental health but was drawn to CLT after attending a restoration event. It was there that she saw the important work that she could be a part of and so it was a natural progression for her to take on the role of land stewardship. She is currently a Land Steward for four properties. Although she has thoroughly enjoyed her role as a Land Steward, she would like to see the stewards more involved in the removal of invasive plants.
Deanna believes the inclusion of a variety of interests and partners has enhanced the effectiveness of CLT and is especially supportive of the learning partnership with Shelton-area students at Bayshore Preserve and the new project to purchase 100-acres on Henderson Inlet for the Inspiring Kids Preserve for the North Thurston and Olympia area students. She feels that it is critical to inspire the next generation through hands on experience on CLT conserved lands. Additionally, she would like to see kids involved in stewardship of conserved properties.
Although Deanna’s busy schedule with Habitat For Humanity and her volunteer commitments don’t allow for it right now, she would like to return to her prior pastimes of sailing and kayaking!